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Green River May 31-June 1, Quilting on the Green June 1, Mountain Bike Jam/Trails Day, call Green River Chamber for information, 875-5711 June 7-8, Overland Stage Stampede Rodeo, Green River Rodeo Grounds; contact the city at 307-8720580. June 9, Keith Young Memorial 5K June 8-9, Buckboard Marina Wyoming Classic Fishing Derby, Buckboard Marina, Flaming Gorge Reservoir; contact Les Tanner, 307-875-6927. June 27-29, Flaming Gorge Days, featuring evening concerts with Jackyl, and Slaughter Friday night and Halestorm and My Darkest days Saturday night. Concerts are at Stratton-Myers Park; contact Green River Chamber, 307-875-5711. July 4, City of Green River Fireworks Celebration, beginning at dark. July 20, Rally in the Alley Aug. 16-17, River Festival, Expedition Island; features Cajun shrimp boil and pasta feed, live band and fireworks, Run with the Horses Marathon, free kids games and much more; contact Green River Chamber, 307-875-5711. Aug. 16-17, Art on the Green-Life on the Green, in conjunction with the River Festival. Contact the city at 307-875-0580. Farmers Market- Every Wednesday in downtown Green River, July 10-Sept. 11. Rock Springs June 39, Rods and Rails Car Show. Downtown Rock Springs. July 4, Fireworks show; Municipal Golf Course, north of Rock Springs. July 13, International Day, Bunning Park in downtown Rock Springs; contact Rock Springs Chamber for more information, 307-362-3771. July 13-19, National High School Finals Rodeo at the Sweetwater County Events Complex July 25-27, Red Desert Roundup Rodeo, grandstands at the Sweetwater County Events Complex; tickets available at the Green River and Rock Springs Chambers; this event kicks off the county fair; contact 307-872-6348 for more info. July 25-Aug. 4, Wyoming’s Big Show county fair, Sweetwater County Events Complex; contact 307-8726348 for more info. Aug. 10-11, Rock Springs Firefighters’ Demolition Derby, outdoor arena at the Sweetwater County Events Complex; contact 307-872-6348 for further details. Farmers Market- Every Thursday from July 7 to Aug. 10 in downtown Rock Springs, Sublette County June 29, Truck & Tractor Pool, Sublette County Fairgrounds, Marbleton. Call 307-749-3546 for more information. July 3-4 Chuck-wagon Days Rodeo and Parade, barbeque, fireworks, rodeo street dance, Marbleton and Big Piney. July 11-14, 78th annual Green River Rendezvous Festival and Rendezvous Pageant, Pinedale. July 19-28, Sublette County Fair, Big Piney and Marbleton. Aug. 10-11, Sailing Regatta on Fremont Lake. Call 1-888-285-7282 for more details. Aug. 16, Wind River Rodeo Series, Pinedale Rodeo Grounds. Sept. 28, Pinedale Half Marathon, Pinedale. Bridger Valley *May-Sept., Museum and Trading Post open 7 days a week 8:30-5:00. School and Group Tours available *June-Labor Day, Costumed Interpreters in Historic Buildings Aug. 30- Sept. 2, Annual Labor Day Fort Bridger Rendezvous Association Mountain Man Rendezvous Manila-Vernal-Flaming Gorge June 17, July 1, 11 Aug. 6, Sept. 2; Cow Country Junior Rodeo, call 307-747-8761 for information. July 6, Flaming Gorge Freedom Festival, Car Show and Barbecue, off U.S. 191 around Dutch John, for information call 435-889-3773. Aug. 11, Tower Rock Run, 8 a.m. call 435-277-0709 for more information. Aug. 31, Labor Day weekend festivities, Parade, 10 a.m., Parade of Lights, Lucerne Marina at dark, fireworks to follow. Call 435-784-3483 for more information.


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Green River Wild Horse Saloon/Buckaroos, Club 86 Page 2 China Garden Restaurant - Page 6 The Hampton Inn - Page 6 Sweetwater County Museum - Page 7 K-Motive Sports - Page 7 The Mustang Hotel - Page 9 Cubby’s - Page 9 Harts and Flowers and Embroidery - Page 9 Quilting on the Green - Page 9 Adam’s RV - Page 11 Art on the Green - Page 11 Sweetwater Trophies - Page 11 Tollgate Station - Page 12 Red Feather Bar - Page 12 Active Realty - Page 12 Overland Stage Stampede Rodeo - Page 12 The Oil Can - Page 13 Penny’s Diner/Oak Tree Inn - Page 13 The Embassy Tavern - Page 13 Wyoming Embroidery and Sporting Goods -Page 13

Rock Springs The City of Rock Springs - Page 14 Rock Springs Parks -Page 15 Local Color Gallery and Gifts - Page 15 Rock Springs Realty - Page 15 Rex Hotel Cafe - Page 17 Ted’s Supper Club - Page 18 Johnny Mac’s Tavern - Page 18 High Desert Polaris - Page 18 This special issue is published by Editorial Staff: David Martin Stephanie Thompson Jack H. Smith Luke Justis

Rocky Mountain Powersports - Page 19 Wild Roots - Page 19 Log Inn Restaurant - Page 19 Community Fine Arts Center - Page 20 The Broadway Theater - Page 20 Wyoming Wool Warehouse - Page 20 Ann’s Hallmark - Page 21 Green River Marine - Page 21 First Choice Ford - Page 21 High Country Reality - Page 21 That Yogurt Place - Page 22 Wyoming Trucks - Page 22 Trona Valley FCL - Page 22 Tynsky’s Rock Shop - Page 22 Our Brother’s Keeper Bookstore - Page 22 Red Desert Roundup Rodeo - Back Cover

Northeast Utah Red Canyon Lodge - Page 23 The Hub/Mustang Travel Shop - Page 24 Slaugh’s Chevron - Page 25 Buckboard Marina - Page 25

Farson/Sublette County Museum of the Mountain Men - Page 26 Mitch’s Cafe - Page 26 Daniel Junction Foodmart - Page 26 The Rock Rabbit - Page 27 Green River Valley Museum - Page 27

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Green River

Toll Gate Rock and the Green River, near the City of Green River.

Green River is the gateway to the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area from the north. Not only is the city a gateway, but it is rich in western history and served as a stopover for both the Overland Stage Line and the Pony Express. In addition, several major emigrant trails passed nearby, including the Oregon, California, Mormon and Cherokee trails. Ruts from these trails can still be seen on the desert near town. With the arrival of the transcontinental railroad in 1868, Green River was firmly established as a major western destination, and railroad buffs still enjoy a visit to the working railroad today.

Near downtown, is the Expedition Island National Historic Site, where John Wesley Powell began his famous explorations of the Green River. This celebrated past is remembered in several annual events, including the Overland Stage Stampede Rodeo, Flaming Gorge Days and the River Festival. Expedition Island also marks the beginning of the Greenbelt walking paths, which follow the Green River for more than 6 miles. The Green River is a great place for raft and tube floating and water enthusiasts can start at the west end of the city and end at Riverside Park. (Continued on next page.)

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Flaming Gorge Days Those looking for a great weekend jam packed with great food, fun, sports and music will not want to miss Flaming Gorge Days. This year’s events will take place June 27 through 29 and includes sporting events, children’s activities, the Flaming Gorge Days Parade and rock concerts. Flaming Gorge Days kicks off June 27 with the 18th annual Flaming Gorge Days Open, a golf tournament at the Rolling Green Country Club. On June 28, Flaming Gorge Days gets into full swing with the 3-on-3 basketball tournament, which takes place at Expedition Island and Festival in the Park, which is located in Evers Park. On Friday and Saturday the Festival in

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the Park is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It has all kinds of entertainment for children, including children’s games, inflatable slides and bouncers. Friday night at 7 p.m., rock bands Slaughter and Jackyl will perform at Stratton-Myers Park. On June 29, the Flaming Gorge Days Parade will wind through town on Uinta Drive beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday evening, the concert at Stratton-Myers Park will feature rock singers Halestorm and My Darkest Days. Tickets and entry forms for all Flaming Gorge Days activities are available at the Green River Chamber of Commerce.

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The Flaming Gorge Loop Tour can also start in Green River. After leaving Interstate 80, proceed south on Highway 530 to Manila, Utah. Take Highway 44 east to Highway 191 and travel north to the Flaming Gorge Dam and Dutch John, Utah, a distance of about 83 miles. Leaving the dam, proceed north on US 191 along the eastern edge of Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, completing the loop 11 miles east of Green River. The entire loop is approximately 150 miles. One can also access the Wild Horse Loop tour by taking Wild Horse Canyon Road on the west end of town, which can be accessed by taking Flaming Gorge Way. Once back in town, there are a variety of lodging and dining establishments available.

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The Cajun shrimp boil is one of the highlights of the River Festival and attracts hungry travelers and residents alike. The annual River Festival, Run With the Horses Marathon and Art of the Green are great ways to enjoy both the Green River, its art and the beauty of the high desert. This year, the event will be Aug. 16 and 17 and begins a 3 p.m. with the micro brew gardens. On Friday evening at 5:30, a Cajun Shrimp Boil, which is open to the public; will take place. Prices are $20 for adults, children and seniors $10 per plate. Cajun, spicy-style shrimp boiled with sausage, potatoes and corn. In addition to the Cajun Shrimp Boil, the Knights of Columbus will sell spaghetti dinners for $10 for adults and children six and under are $5. These dinners usually sell out so purchase tickets early. Free children’s games with all the traditional old favorites such as hula hoop contest, sack races, egg race, tug of war and more will begin at 5 p.m. The Great Duck Race will take place at 7:30 p.m. The band “The 11th Hour” will provide hours of entertainment starting at 5:30 p.m. Fireworks will go off at dark.

On Saturday, the 11th Annual Run with the Horses Marathon will take place across the Wild Horse Loop Tour. The run will begin and end near Evers Park. This event will also include a ½ marathon and a 10 K run and will begin at 6 a.m. People from all over the United States come to run in the race. Runners proceed through town, on to the Wild Horse Loop Tour and then turn and follow the same route back. There will be aid stations every two miles with water, Poweraid and energy snacks alternating at each station. The Poker Horse Run, Green River Bike Poker Run and Motorcycle Poker Run will also take place this year at 9 a.m. A dog fetching competition will start at 11 a.m. Dogs will participate in a timed fetching event both in the water and on land. Dogs will fetch a stick or ball from the river and then again from land. A car and bike show will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free kids games, including threelegged sack race, bean-bag bucket contest, water balloon toss, watermelon

eating contest, egg race, relay costume race, tug of war, water balloon toss will be available from 11-5 p.m. The micro brew garden will take place from 11-4 p.m. The “Blind Dog Smokin” blues band will perform from noon to 4 p.m. Art on the Green On Aug. 17 and 18, artists will descend upon Green River and compete in the 24-hour sculpting competition, which will take place in the Expedition Island Pavilion. For the 3D competition, artists will be asked to create masterpieces with 20 pounds of clay in just 24 hours. For the 2D competition, artists are asked to create 2D works of art out of their choice of medium. Also, taking place is the big sculpture reveal. Each year, the Art on the Green Council reveals sculptures it has selected to be displayed throughout the city for one year. During the year, residents and businesses can purchase any one of the sculpture’s and give it a permanent home.


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Sweetwater County Museum

Discover the rich cultural heritage of southwestern Wyoming at the Sweetwater County Historical Museum. Established in 1967 to preserve and present the history of Sweetwater County, the museum is located in a renovated 1931 post office building. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum contains long and short-term exhibits, a large historical photograph collection and local history materials. During the past year, the museum gallery exhibits have been almost entirely changed and renovated. Special exhibits include one on the Lincoln Highway, which is celebrating its centennial this year, and an exhibit featuring local rock art. On Aug. 16 and 17, the museum will sponsor an outlaw history symposium. The program will feature sessions focusing on new research about the outlaws of the Rocky Mountain West. The following day a tour of Brown’s Park, a notorious outlaw hangout, is planned. Check the museum website and Facebook page for more information. The museum administers a unique historic property, the Reliance Tipple, which is one of the few industrial sites preserved in Wyoming. Historically used to sort and load coal, the tipple was restored and fenced for protection in the late 1980s. A walking path and interpretive signs are installed around the perimeter to present the story of the tipple and coal mining. The site is located about five miles north of Rock Springs off Highway 191 North. The Museum Store carries an extensive line of historical books and gift items. All profits from the store benefit the museum and other historical organizations. The Sweetwater County Historical Muse550 E. Flaming Gorge Way um is located at 3 East Flaming Gorge Way in Free Wireless Internet Green River, WY 82935 32” Flat Screen TVs Green River. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. Microwaves, Refrigerators to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Daily & Weekly Rates

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Parks and Picnic Grounds

Sweetwater County offers a wide variety of parks and recreational facilities for the traveler. Overnight camping is not allowed in any of the parks, but the public can find many other features for picnicking, fishing, or sporting activities. Parks are open from dawn until dusk.

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Pioneer Trails Picnic Grounds, located 20 miles north of Green River, offers 52 acres with three group picnic shelters, 20 picnic tables, three restrooms, playground equipment, nature trails, three volleyball courts, and horseshoe pits. Pavilions can be reserved by contacting the Recreation Office at (307) 922-5450. Sweetwater County Picnic Grounds, 5 miles west of Green River, features four group picnic shelters, 35 tables, playground equipment, 13 horseshoe pits, a youth fishing pond, boat ramp (rafts or small watercraft only), one volleyball court, and one basketball court. Reservations for the large pavilion can be made through the Recreation Office. Shooting Sports Complex, located on the Little Firehole Road off Highway 191 South, provides one 500-yard and two, 200-yard shooting lanes with seven shooting benches and target stands. Shooting times are available by contacting the office. Archery Range, on Little Firehole Road off Highway 191 South, hosts archery target shooting. It has temporary restrooms and an indoor classroom. Crossroads West Park, 1 ½ miles west of Rock Springs on White Mountain Road off of Foothill Blvd., has one group picnic shelter, temporary restrooms, two softball and two soccer fields, three horseshoe pits, and a playground. Trap Club, located across White Mountain Road from Crossroads West Park, provides trap shooting and an indoor meeting room with a kitchen and restroom. Mesa Park, on Quadrant Drive off Yellowstone Road, offers playground equipment, three horseshoe pits, a basketball court, and temporary restrooms. Reliance Park, five miles north of Rock Springs behind the Reliance School, offers three shelters, two restrooms, playground equipment, four horseshoe pits, one softball field, and two tennis courts. Arrowhead Springs Park, located on Highway 430 south of Rock Springs, has two picnic tables, a youth fishing pond, temporary restrooms, and a parking area. Aeromodelers facilities are available east of Rock Springs on Baxter Road which feature a model airplane runway, temporary restrooms, and one picnic shelter. Bicentennial Park, on Highway 191 North in Eden, features 14 picnic tables, temporary restrooms, and playground equipment. Big Sandy Park, 1 mile east of intersection 191 North and 28, provides four group shelters, playground equipment, two horseshoe pits, one tennis court, and an indoor youth activity center.

GREEN RIVER CITY PARKS

Green River has 29 parks throughout the beautiful city, which are Andrews, Anvil, Apache Trail, Bike, Castle Rock, Centennial, Clearview, Clock Tower Mall, Collier, Cow Pasture, Edgewater, Evers, Expedition Island, FMC, Hoover, Hutton I, Hutton II, Indian Hills, Jaycee, Logan, Medicine Bow, Overlook, Pioneer, Recreation Center Grounds, Riverside Memorial, Stratton-Myers, Thoman Moran, Veterans and Wyoming. Area 51 Skate Park, located at 550 Uinta Drive, is a radical 13,500 square-foot skate park with ramps designed by the American Ramp Company. The Green River Bike Park is the largest skills park in the region. The new Green River Bike Park offers a variety of exciting trails and features for families and experienced cyclist alike. Features include dirt jumps an elevated trail with ladder bridges, a pump track with berm turns a roller pumps and a beginner skills area. For an easy ride, families can hop on their bikes and tour the park’s edges on the Loop Trail. Trails are marked similar to ski runs with green circles highlighting the easiest and black diamonds left for more advanced riders. Completed in June 2010, the park is next to Stratton-Myers Park just off of Bridger Avenue. BMX and mountain bike riders can enjoy beginning-level areas and extreme sections! Green River has an exceptional set of trails in and around the city as well. The Brent & Mike’s Trail, Pick Poison and Draino trails are located just minutes from Green River. The trails were featured in the well-known biking magazine Mountain Flyer in the July 5, 2010 edition. The majority of the trail system is one-track with no motorized vehicles allowed. You can experience a variety of terrain and levels of difficulty on the trail system. The trails offer you stunning vistas, wildlife and are accessible year round. The system is made possible through the support of the Rock Springs Grazing Association, the Sweetwater Mountain Bike Association and the Green River Chamber. For more information about the trails contact the Green River Chamber at 307-875-5711 or 800-FL-GORGE. A great option for the beginner rider is the Channel Surfing route, located in the FMC Park/Scotts Bottom area. The trail winds through the City of Green River’s open trail system next to the river. Even experienced riders will enjoy the trail as it winds through cottonwoods, sage brush and rabbit brush. Riders will have the opportunity to see a eagles, hawks, osprey, Canadian geese, as well as mule deer and pronghorns as they navigate the trail. Centennial Park, located along West Flaming Gorge Way, between 2nd and 1st West, has plenty of open space with a gazebo, picnic tables, playground equipment and restrooms. The park also holds the city’s time capsule. Edgewater Park, off East Teton Blvd. on the corner of Montana Way, offers shelter, picnic tables, grills, playground equipment, rest rooms, river and Greenbelt access, a scenic view and basketball courts. (Continued on next page.)


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Area parks continued... On Flaming Gorge Way, Clock Tower Mall makes a great place to rest or have a lunch. This park is centrally located next to City Hall. Evers Park, South 2nd East just before crossing the bridge to Expedition Island, provides an abundance of open space along with shelter, grills, picnic tables, playground equipment, rest rooms and baseball fields. River and Greenbelt access are available also. Expedition Island, off South 2nd East, hosts a pavilion, grills, horseshoe pits, jogging path, picnic tables, playground equipment, rest rooms and a historical trail. It also has an historical interest along with Greenbelt and river access. FMC Park sits on the river at the east of East Teton. Visitors can find grills, picnic tables, playground equipment, rest rooms and a nature trail all in wide open spaces. The area also offers Greenbelt and river access. Scott’s Bottom is the nature trail. It features many plant and bird and small animal species native to the area. Jaycee Park/Overlook, located on Astle east of Uinta Way, has baseball fields, picnic tables, grills and playground equipment. It is near a Greenbelt pathway. Monroe Ballfields, behind Monroe Middle School, host both baseball and softball fields. The Green River Recreation Center grounds offer a jogging path along with picnic tables and playground equipment. Riverside Park, along the Greenbelt, has a jogging path, pic-

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Wamsutter Municipal Park provides five group picnic shelters, two restrooms, playground equipment, one volleyball court, two softball fields, two basketball courts and two tennis courts. Mike Atwill Memorial Park in Bairoil has two group picnic shelters, five picnic tables, one rest room, playground equipment, six horseshoe pits, one volleyball court, and one tennis court. It also offers outdoor ice skating in the winter. Robert Marsky Park in Superior features two picnic tables, playground equipment, two horseshoe pits, one softball field and one tennis court. Roy Adams Park in Granger offers four picnic tables, playground equipment, one softball field and one basketball court.

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nic tables, playground equipment and shelter. It also features an historical interest. Roosevelt Park, along Roosevelt west of Uinta Drive, features a baseball field, skateboard ramp, soccer field, basketball and tennis courts all with plenty of surrounding space and lights.

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Overland Stage Stampede 26th Anniversary

VISITORS WILL enjoy watching the breathtaking performances at the Overland Stage Stampede Rodeo in Green River.

Overland Stage Stampede Green River, Wyoming June 7th & 8th

Gates open at 6:30 p.m. 8:00 p.m. Performances IMPRA, WRA &WSRRA co-approved

An Old West good time is waiting at the Overland Stage Stampede Rodeo scheduled June 7-8 this summer at the Green River Rodeo Arena. Bronc busting, bull riding, mutton busting, barrel racing -- all the things that make a western rodeo fun and full of excitement are part of the annual event. The Stampede is the first rodeo in the area and is sponsored by the Green River Parks and Recreation Department and CPRA Overland Stage Stampede Committee, and co-sanctioned by the Intermountain Professional Rodeo Association and the Wyoming Rodeo Association. Action begins at 8 p.m. both nights. Ticket information is available at 307-875-5711.

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The Sweetwater County Fair The Sweetwater County Fair -- Wyoming’s Big Show -- rolls into the Sweetwater County Events Complex between July 26 and Aug. 5, bringing fun food, entertainment and a chance to kick up your heels. The fair Several Family Fun Contests are a big part of The Big Show including a diaper derby, a look-alike contest, a bake and taste cook-off and a dog show. Additional fair activities include the carnival, exhibitions, livestock, a petting zoo, 4-H activities and more. Tickets for the Big Show are $10 for adults, $6 for children (ages 6-12) and $6 for senior citizens. Children ages five and under are free. Then, of course, there will be food galore; cotton candy, gyros, burgers, hot dogs, ice cream and all the wonderful flavors everyone expects to find at the fair. All-time favorites such as 4-H and livestock exhibits and auctions are also scheduled. All this fun is included in the admission fee, and well worth the price. For more information contact the Sweetwater Events Complex at (307) 352-6789 or 872-6348, ext 200 or visit the Web site at www.SweetwaterEvents. com.

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Rich fossil variety

Ulrich Quarries provide a rich variety of amazingly intricate fossilized creatures from Eocene Age more than 55 million years ago. The present site, 10 miles west of Kemmerer, originated in 1947 as an avocation of Carl and Shirley Ulrich. Today the quarries, preserve and galleries are the full-time responsibilities of the Ulrichs. The gallery is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. year long. Some of the most delicate fossil specimens in the world can be found there. Once discovered, the fossils are carefully prepared, numbered, cataloged, researched, displayed, signed and then marketed. The fossils are supplied to museums, fine galleries, private collectors and individuals all around the world. In addition to the commercial aspect, the Ulrichs offer tours that allow visitors to quarry their own fossil fish. Tours are available from June 1 until Labor Day. The quarry operates seven days a week, weather permitting. Advance reservations are required. A staff member accompanies visitors at all times.

Tours depart the gallery at 9 a.m., visitors then are transported to the quarries which are located at 7,200 feet elevation. A normal trip is usually around three hours long. The business provides transportation to the quarries along with the tools and equipment required for excavating. Members of the tours are given a wooden pallet and allowed to recover about six to eight complete fish.

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Historic Slovenski Dom

The Local Color Gift Gallery and the Slovenski Dom are a must see on any visitor’s travels through Sweetwater County. The Local Color Gift Gallery opened in 1997 in the historic Slovenski Dom Building on Bridger Avenue in Rock Springs. It is a cooperative gallery and is designed to showcase the products of Sweetwater County artists, artisans and crafters. The quiet setting in the historic landmark is a wonderful place to find unique items made by local residents. The Gallery has a wonderful array of pottery, paintings, tole painting, decorated baskets, jewelry, hand painted silks, custom antler art, bath and body product and much, much more. The Slovenski Dom (House of the Slavs) was built in 1913 to serve the Slovenian community as a home for several fraternal lodges. The Grape Festival was conducted here for many years. It was also a place to have weddings, dances, concerts and meetings of many types. The Dom played a major role in supporting the ethnic legacy that defines Rock Springs. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on Dec. 30, 1997. The building, which is in excellent condition considering its age, has many of its original fixtures including a beautiful full bar on the basement level (sorry, Rock SpRingS drinks aren’t served here). Realty Local Color and its members are proud 1413-A Dewar Drive - Plaza Mall to be part of this wonderful and historic Rock Springs, WY 82901 building which is so important to Rock Website: www.realestatewyo.com Email: marsmith@realestatewyo.com Springs’ ethnic heritage. Margie Smith ba, gri, crs Broker/Owner

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Nearby Scenic Byways

CHIMNEY ROCK is in the Firehole area of Flaming Gorge Recreation Area. The Flaming Gorge-Uintas National Scenic Byway offers miles of rugged and varied vistas for the outdoor lover in us all. Running between Vernal and Manila in northeastern Utah on US Highway 191 and Utah Highway 44, and on up into southwestern Wyoming, this byway climbs foothills and major geological formations, reaching the one billion year old exposed core of the Uinta Mountains near Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area. Signs along the way explain the evolution of the area’s geology and wildlife, both past and present. The byway features 15 interpretive wayside pullouts and four nature trails. Travelers can take the self-guided tour of the 502-foot high Flaming Gorge Dam or enjoy the spectacular view from Red Canyon Overlook. Have the camera handy. Driving time is two hours. For the travelers who wish to take a journey off the beaten path, the area also offers various scenic backways. Indian Canyon Scenic Backway Stretching southwest of US Highway 191 from Duchesne, this route follows Indian Creek through desert terrain and then climbs through Ash-

ley National Forest to the summit of Indian Creek Pass at 9,100 feet. On the way, travelers pass a unique display of rock formations and vegetation, from pinyon and juniper to aspen and Douglas fir. Descending the south flank passes through open vistas and the beginning of the Roan and Book Cliff formations. This backway is 47 miles long and ends in the historic mining town of Helper. Driving time is approximately one hour. Sheep Creek/Spirit Lake Scenic Backway Rock spires line this backway drive alongside the visually dramatic Uinta Fault. Beginning 15 miles west of the US Highway 191/Utah Highway 44 intersection, Sheep Creek Loop is 13 miles long. It returns to Utah Highway 44 five miles south of Manila. Spirit Lake road is a 17-mile spur off Sheep Creek Loop, winding through forests and meadows to Spirit Lake, elevation 10,000 feet. Returning from Spirit Lake requires backtracking to the Sheep Creek Loop, and the route of this paved and gravel road is 48 miles long. Allow two hours travel time. This backway is closed in winter. (Continued on next page)

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Scenic Byways continued... Red Cloud/Dry Fork Scenic Backway Towering mountains highlight this route accessed 14 miles north of Vernal from US Highway 191. The route travels through aspen groves, open meadows, forests of lodgepole pine and fishing streams. Fremont Indian rock art can be found at McConkie Ranch. The route is 45 miles long and takes about two hours. Road surface varies between paved and gravel and is closed in winter months. Jones Hole Scenic Backway This route begins four miles east of Vernal, climbing 2,600 feet to Diamond Mountain Plateau. It then travels east toward Jones Hole National Fish Hatchery, dropping dramatically into a narrow, rugged canyon with spectacular colorful cliffs and vegetative cover. Jones Hatchery produces trout for streams, lakes, and reservoirs in Utah, Wyoming and Colorado. This route takes at least two hours to drive and is 80 miles, round trip. Higher elevation portions of the route may be impassable in winter. Browns Park Scenic Backway Departing from the Diamond Mountain Plateau on the Jones Hole Scenic Backway, this route travels north across Diamond Mountain, down Crouse Canyon and into Browns Park. It continues into Colorado crossing the Green River via a one-vehicle-at-a-time suspension bridge. Before ending at US 191 five miles north of Dutch John, the backway passes through the narrow, winding and steep Jessie Ewing Canyon. A short side trip on the route leads to John Jarvie Historic Site, a preserved remnant of the frontier west. The backway is about 50 miles and requires two hours travel time.

Historic trails

Sweetwater County has more trails than any other area in the United States. The Oregon Trail stretched from Missouri to Oregon and once the weary traveler passed to South Pass and approached Pacific Springs, the journey was half over. The Continental Divide had been crossed and Oregon Buttes served as a marker for the traveler. The traveler approached the Parting of the Ways where the trails headed north on the Oregon Trail or south along the Mormon Pioneer or California National Historic Trails. Highway 28 Historic Trails Driving Tour: The following 6 sites (South Pass Overlook, False Parting of the Ways, Big Sandy Crossing, Simpson’s Hollow, Pilot Butte Trail Site and Lombard Ferry) are located on Wyoming Highway 28 between the Green River (west of Farson) and the South Pass Rest Stop (east of Farson). In Sweetwater County, Highway 28 parallels the Oregon, Mormon Pioneer, Pony Express and California National Historic trails. Intact trail ruts are visible at the False Parting of the Ways, Simpson’s Hollow and Pilot Butte sites. These are some of the finest trail remains in the United States. Pilot Butte Trails Site: Approximately 12 miles west of Farson on Highway 28 lies this BLM Historic Interpretative site with signs about the Pilot Butte Trail(s) landmark, Indian-Emigrant relations and Transcontinental

TWO-TRACK roads can be seen criss-crossing the land around Southern Wyoming and Northern Utah. Many become unusable in wet weather.

Telegraph. Signs are adjacent to trail ruts of the Oregon, Mormon Pioneer, Pony Express and California National Historic Trails. Pony Express Route: The route runs from South Pass in Sublette County to Pacific Springs, to Dry Sandy, to Little Sandy, to Big Sandy and Farson, to Big Timber, Michael Morrins, to Hams Fork, to Church Buttes, to Millersville and to Fort Bridger. Cherokee Trail: North of Baggs, Wyoming, to the old Emigrant trail, east of U.S. 191 crossing the Dans Creek and Little Bitter Creek south of Rock Springs, across Sage Creek (twice), crossing the Green River just above the Blacks Fork River Confluence and to the Lone Tree Station. High clearance vehicle or 4-wheel drive and dry road conditions needed for access. Overland Trail: This was the stage coach route which runs across Bridger Pass in Carbon County to Sulphur Springs, Washakie, Duck Lake, Dug Spring, Fort LeClede, Black Buttes, Point of Rocks, Salt Wells, Rock Springs, Green River, Lone Tree Station, Granger and on into Fort Bridger. Remnants of stage stations along the trail can be found with easy access at Point of Rocks (along Interstate 80) and Granger (along Interstate 80). There is a stage station marker in Rock Springs along Springs Drive and in Green River on Unita Drive.

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Rock Formations

Southwestern Wyoming is located on a high desert that resulted from an ancient lake that receded and then dried up thousands of years ago, leaving behind soil formed by the erosion of sandstone and shale. Few green things besides sagebrush and prairie grass grow willingly in this area. However, the rock formations of the area compensate for the lack of greenery. Sweetwater County is rich in rock formations. In fact, nearly every type of major geological formation can be found within a short distance of one of the communities. Whether you are looking for a pinnacle to climb or an uplift to photograph, the area offers something for everyone. Millions have traveled the east-west route, marveling at the formations created by eons of rain and wind. Castle Rock, high above Interstate 80, is probably the most formidable. It has been called many names through the years, including the Citadel and Indian Head Rock. The imposing sentinel of the valley consists of regular horizontal strata. The many layers are rich with fossilized fish and plants, testimony to the vast lake of

the past. The Palisades, west of Green River, was used as a reference point for trappers and traders clear back to the days of the American Fur Company in the early part of the 19th century. Native Americans used the area to cross the river during low water and found excellent protection from the elements. Famous artist Thomas Moran depicted the Palisades in many paintings, including “Cliffs of the Green River.”

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Killpecker Dune Fields The Killpecker Dune Fields make up the largest moving sand dunes in North America. The Leucite Hills are the remains of a widespread volcano field from the Pleistocene, about a million years ago. The dunes can reach 100 feet in height and run for more than 100 miles from the area north of Rock Springs and east of Farson, east to the area north of Point of Rocks. Many recreationalists enjoy hiking in the area, as well as driving off-road vehicles. Signs are posted as to the specific locations where off-road vehicles can be used. Wild horses are frequently seen throughout the area. Visitors can get to the Dune Fields by traveling north on U.S. 191 out of Rock Springs. A turnoff approximately 10 miles north of town turns east on the Tri-Territory Road. This road leads to the Killpecker Dune Fields, Boars Tusk and the White Mountain Petroglyphs. An alternative route is to exit I-80 at Point of Rocks and proceed east on the paved road above the interstate. This road

leads past the Jim Bridger Power Plant. The road forks north of the plant. Continuing straight leads to the Natural Corrals; turning north and following the road over the ridge leads to a viewing area of the dune fields. There are no services in this area. Visitors should take proper gear, including water, with them when out in the area. Advise family or friends where you are headed and when you plan on returning.

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Sweetwater speedway

The Sweetwater County Speedway has plenty of entertainment scheduled through the summer for those who love the roar of engines. From motocross to stock cars to a demolition derby, nearly every weekend is full of excitement. Stock car races are scheduled every weekend in June, July and August. Racers will vie for the track championship in early September. Several of the races will feature the special attraction of the Dwarf Cars U.S.A., nationally sanctioned five-eights scale replicas. But don’t let the small size fool you. These are serious race cars with lots of power and professional drivers. Several motocross events are also scheduled throughout the summer, and BMX racing is also a big favorite. The Demolition Derby is scheduled in August. It is sponsored by the local fire fighters union and is a “smashing” good time.

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Outlying communities Although Green River and Rock Springs are the largest cities in Southwestern Wyoming, several smaller border communities are well worth visiting. West of Green River on I-80 is the small community of Granger. Once the site of a stage stop, it grew along the railroad, as many other towns in the area did. Farson is 40 miles north of Rock Springs in Eden Valley. The valley is the center of agriculture in Sweetwater County and is steeped in history. Travelers who pass the feed store between Eden and Farson might notice a rustic log cabin at the edge of the parking lot. According to local resident Karla Eaton, the cabin was built in the early 1900s by Chris Juel, original owner of Lander Creek Land and Livestock Company. He built the cabin for his daughter and sonin-law to stay in while caring for the sheep in the mountains for the summer. It was later moved and preserved. The Jim Bridger Power Plant is located just east of Rock Springs. Coal is mined at the plant site and a pond has been created from the mine water. The pond is a popu-

lar fishing spot, with a picnic area and restrooms. On the opposite side of I-80, is another os stage stop. Built in 1862, the Point of Rocks Stage Station lies at the base of sandstone cliffs. Located in a broad canyon, the intact station was a home station on the Overland Trail. The infamous Jack Slade served for a time as stationmaster. Known for his violent temper that resulted in the deaths of several men, he gained a reputation Indians, traders, railroad men, and Calvary officers all passed through Point of Rocks. The Frontier Index, the only local paper in 1868, reported the presence of Indians at Point of Rocks in 1868. One stage station was burned and members of a military detachment were killed. One account stated this same group of Indians threatened, but never attacked, the inhabitants of the Point of Rocks Stage Station. Rich in folklore and historical tradition, the Point of Rocks Stage Station is easily accessed from Interstate 80. Take the

Point of Rocks exit off Interstate 80 and turn south. Follow an improved gravel road less than a mile to railroad tracks. Just past the Bridger Plant and about seven miles north of I-80 is the town of Superior which was also a coal mining mecca. The town is tucked into the rugged hills and bluffs of the breathtaking Red Desert. (Continued on next page)

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Outlying towns continued... Reliance, north of Rock Springs, also boomed during the time when coal was king. One of only two coal tipples in the state stands on the edge of town. The tipples were used for loading coal onto rail cars to be hauled to other parts of the country. Interpretive signs tell the story of a life much different than today. All border communities have parks and recreation stops, along with many good fishing and camping spots. Many have visitors’ centers for information. Stop and talk, learn the history and ask questions. Bridger Valley, Wyoming is “where trails of the past converged.”

In 1843, Jim Bridger and his partner opened Fort Bridger, an emigrant trading post. Every Labor Day weekend, history comes alive during the Mountain Man Rendezvous at the restored 35-acre Fort Bridger State Historical Site. During the celebration, visitors can experience Indian dancing, Traders Row and performances of “Ballad of the West.” America’s frontier history is also on display at the Fort’s museum. During the summer, several programs are presented and moonlight tours of the fort are offered. These tours allow visitors to experi-

ence the atmosphere of the fort as it must have been in its early days. Lamplight and moonlight lend a quiet serenity to the site. Other area attractions include the Trona Mining Museum, the Lyman Historical Farm and remnants of the Oregon Trail. Also available are full visitors services along the gateway south to the Uinta Mountains, which provide recreation in the form of fishing, camping, hiking, cross country skiing and snowmobiling.

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begin on July 26 when the gates open at 6 p.m. The pre show starts at 7 p.m. with rodeo action beginning at 8. The first night is Tough Enough to Wear Pink which supports efforts to fight breast cancer. Spectators are encouraged to join these tough cowboys in sporting pink.

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Wild Horse Loop Tour

For a glimpse of the wild west of old, visitors should drive the Wild Horse Scenic Loop Tour along the top of White Mountain from Rock Springs to Green River. The loop is a cooperative effort between the Bureau of Land Management, Sweetwater County and the local chambers of commerce. The trip can be started from either end, and the road is well-maintained gravel that can be driven with a passenger car. Signs mark the route. This is a relatively dry area with seemingly little vegetation, yet it is home to an array of animals, including the wild horses,

antelope, desert elk, deer, rabbits, coyotes, hawks, eagles and sage grouse. The route offers scenic overlooks of the area’s prominent features, such as Pilot Butte, Boar’s Tusk, Killpecker Sand Dunes, Steamboat Mountain, the Overland and Oregon Trails and the Union Pacific Railroad corridor. Visitors can see the horses almost every day as they browse freely trough the brush. Group tours can be arranged by calling in advance at 307-352-0292. Another good place to see horses and other wild life is the Tri-Territory Loop. County Road 4-17, approximately 10 miles north of Rock Springs on Wyo. Highway 191, is the access to the loop. These are back country roads with no services and few inhabitants, use caution when traveling through these areas. For more information on the wild horse herds, contact Rock Springs or Green River Chamber of Commerce.


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A fisherman’s playground

There is a wide array of waters teeming with many varieties of fish across Wyoming, and the southwestern corner offers some of the best. Besides the renowned Yellowstone, Madison and Snake rivers, anglers can fish smaller streams, rivers and ponds which often yield as many if not more fish than the more popular waterways. In addition, cold-water lakes like Flaming Gorge, Fremont Lake, Half Moon Lake and Burnt Lake tempt local and out-ofstate fisherman with abundant trout-filled waters. Four types of cutthroat trout are native to Wyoming rivers and golden, brook, brown, mackinaw and rainbow trout have been introduced into the environment over the years. The lower segment of the Green River, south of Fontenelle Reservoir, is home to lake, rainbow and brown trout, as well as channel catfish, mountain whitefish, smallmouth bass and Snake River cutthroat. Fisherman can access the lower Green River along Wyoming 372 and US 189. South of Fort Bridger and Mountain view exits from Interstate 80, Blacks Fork River also offers several different types of trout. At Big Sandy Reservoir, located about 10 miles northeast of Farson on US-191, one can expect to hook the regular trout varieties and an occasional channel catfish. Fontenelle Reservoir is located Northwest of Rock Springs.

Fontenelle has schools of kokanee salmon in addition to trout. The 90-mile stretch of the Flaming Gorge Reservoir is home to brown trout, lake trout, rainbow trout, channel catfish, kokanee salmon and smallmouth bass. Flaming Gorge can be accessed from either Rock Springs or Green River. Other prime waterways for fisherman include: Jim Bridger Pond, Boulder Creek, Hams Fork, LaBarge Creek and spots along the Green River like Daniel junction, Warren Bridge, National Forest and North Fork Road.

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Seedskadee Wildlife Refuge Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge offers a haven to more than 200 species of birds including all species native to Wyoming. Established in 1965, the refuge encompasses more than 14,000 acres along the river between Fontenelle Dam and Green River. The refuge takes its name from the Shoshone word for the Green River: Seeds-kee-dee-Agie, meaning River of the Sage Chicken. It is located 37 miles north of Green River. Visitors can find Seedskadee by driving west of Green River on I-80 to the La Barge State Highway 372 north. The headquarters turnoff is approximately 28 miles from the La Barge exit. In addition to providing an opportunity for excellent bird

watching, Seedskadee offers world-class trout fishing along with waterfowl, upland bird and big game hunting. Native bird species making the refuge home are prairie falcon, peregrine falcon, owls, hawks and Canadian geese. Bald and golden eagles also inhabit the area. Bottomlands, cottonwood trees and willow thickets produce food and shelter for moose and mule deer as well and the numerous bird species. Public roads or refuge tour routes provide access to much of the refuge. Except for a small area around the headquarter’s building, the entire refuge is open for walking with fence walkover structures available at some of the more popular spots. Camping is not allowed on the refuge.

Historic South Pass City

South Pass is a cornerstone in the history of U.S. westward migration in the 19th century. Long before the mass move to the west, trappers and traders shared the area with Indians. Then, in 1836, the first white women crossed the pass, en route to Oregon. Eliza Spalding and Narcissa Whitman, along with their husbands, were missionaries.

Tales of gold in the South Pass started soon after they made their historic journey. Once the Spalding’s and Whitman’s crossed the mountains, other trains of settlers began to follow. In 1849, gold was discovered in California, and travel increased on the South Pass route. Thousands of people made their

way along the North Platte River onto the high desert and through the pass. It became a common truth that if one didn’t get through the pass by shortly after Independence Day, the likelihood of reaching Oregon or California ahead of the deadly winter storms diminished by the day. (Continued on next page.)

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Museum of the Mountain Man

The Museum of the Mountain Man in Pinedale is open for the 2013 summer season May 1 and will close Nov. 1. The museum is a ‘must see’ for history buffs traveling through the area. Hours of operation May through September are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Starting in October, the museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum houses exhibits about the fur trade, western exploration, Plains Indians and early settlement history of Western Wyoming. In addition,

the museum sponsors special fund and educational events throughout the season. The museum has 15,000 square feet of exhibit space, built out of wood in a rotunda shape that gives visitors the feeling of being in a huge lodge. Admission for adults is $5. The rate for senior citizens is $4 and the admission for kids six to 12 is $3. Highlighting the summer schedule of events is the Green River Rendezvous, commemorating the events of the fur

trade era. The annual Green River Rendezvous always takes place the second weekend in July, with this year’s event happening July 11-14. Numerous educational venues are scheduled. The museum gift store is located in the main lobby. Books on a variety of history, posters, postcards, T-shirts and many other gift items are available. For more information, call the Museum at 1-307-367-4101 or write P.O. Box 909, Pinedale, Wyo. 82941 or e-mail www.museumofthemountainman.com

South Pass City continued... Indians scared away many would-be gold seekers, so it wasn’t until 1865 that the first serious search for gold began. The first mining district in the county was organized, and two years later, the Carrisa lode was found by a Mormon group. Word of huge gold deposits spread like wildfire and by 1868, more than 2,000 people had gathered in the pass. But the tales of a rich mother lode were soon proved false, and by the end of that year, each of the towns had less

than 50 residents.South Pass enjoyed the popularity for a very short time after that. The transcontinental railroad was built, not through the pass as some had urged, but through the flat southern Wyoming desert. However, remnants of the old towns allow visitors to experience the beauty that is South Pass. The South Pass Historic Site will be open in 2013 from May 1 to Sept. 30.

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` MITCH’S CAFE

Closed Sunday & Monday P.O. Box 125 Highway 191 Farson, Wyoming (307) 273-9606

Toll-Free: 1-877-686-6266

Email: info@mmmuseum.com www.mmmuseum.com


The Ultimate Guide to Sweetwater County-27

Stunning Sublette County SUBLETTE COUNTY offers great fishing, as well as other outdoor opportunities. The county is also host to rodeos, an annual mountain man rendezvous and excellent snowmobiling areas.

Sublette County is located in western Wyoming approximately an hour north of Rock Springs on the scenic US-191.  The drive has excellent road conditions to welcome visitors to experience a county that is 80 percent public land and is the gateway to the Winds, Jackson, Grand Teton National Park, and Yellowstone.  Pinedale is the largest town in Sublette County with a population of 2,200. With its roots as a ranching community and mining, tourism has always been an important part of this authentic western town. Many a visitor come to see Pinedale’s main attraction, the Museum of the Mountain Man where you can have a visual and interpretive experience of the 1800’s era of the mountain men and the commerce that opened the West. Pinedale is known for its stunning scenery, rare wildlife, glacial lakes, excellent hunting and fishing, and its year round outdoor recreation just minutes from Main Street Pinedale. Main Street Pinedale is alive with entertainment and acHwy 189 • Big Piney, Wyoming tivities such as the June 8 - October 15 78th Annual Green Tuesday-Saturday • Noon-4 pm River Rendezvous held the second Come explore the past and weekend in July, present of the Green River Valley weekend rodeos • Prehistoric Indian Artifacts in August, a Half Marathon in Sep• Restored Homesteader Cabin tember, the Moun• Early Ranching/Branding tain Man Christmas • Area Oil & Gas History in early December, • Historic Oil Field Tools and joined by frequent visting musicians of all genres at places as the award winning microbrewery, Wind River Brewing Company, the World Famous Corral Bar, and Rock Rabbit Bar

& Bistro. Local boutique shops are filled with specialties you can not find anywhere else...custom elk ivory earrings at Isabel Art Gallery and Jewelry, handcrafted saddles at Fandek Saddles and Stirrups, hunting gear at Gannet Sportsand that pair of boots you always wanted are easy to find at the Cowboy Shop. And surely, the dining will keep you happy... locals love the homemade pizza from Wind River Pizzeria or try Los Cabos famous seafood molecajete, or walk away with a big smile after ordering the Double Happiness plate from China Gourmet--all local favorites! Pinedale has a variety of outdoor recreation minutes from town. Fremont Lake, Wyoming’s second largest lake and one of the nation’s deepest is a mere 3.5 mile drive from downtown! This lake has some of the biggest fish not only in the summer, but for the hearty fisherman that ice fish there in the Come join us for a fabulous time winter.  White Pine Ski and Summer inside the hippest place in town Resort offers downhill runs  to fit all . . . or in the backyard while you ages along with a enjoy one well kept XC Trail Center at the base of of our the resort--a hub for delicious winter and known for its day trip trails libations come summer.  Snowmobilers can’t seem to get enough of the Continental Divide Snowmobile Trails system 25 minutes from town.  Top it off with a shower and a soak in the heated pools at the Pinedale Aquatic Center and you will soon unwind from the day’s travel. 23 W. Pine Street. Pinedale, WY

Eclectic Cuisine Live Music

307-367-2448


July 25, 26, 27, 2013 Rock Springs, WY

Outdoor Arena

6pm Gates Open * 7pm Pre-show * 8pm Rodeo

Mutton Busting & Little Bulls Every Night! THURSDAY, JULY 25 Wrangler Tough Enough to Wear Pink proudly sponsored by Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County Show your pride and sport your PINK. Tonight is Wrangler’s Tough Enough to Wear Pink to help fight the battle against breast cancer.

FRIDAY, JULY 26 Golf Tournament

A chance for sponsors to play along side cowboys and help raise money for charity

National Patriot Night proudly sponsored by British Petroleum Proudly wear your RED, WHITE & BLUE to support our troops

$500 Teen Scramble

The first 50 willing teens will receive a t-shirt at the gate to compete for $500 as well as fabulous other prizes.

SATURDAY, JULY 27 9:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m

5K Run - Downtown Rock Springs RDR Parade

$1000 Cash Scramble

It is “bigger than a big calf” for this scramble. The first 50 willing adults will receive a t-shirt at the gate to compete for the coveted $1000, NFR tickets as well as fabulous other prizes.

Information: 1-800-46-DUNES or (307) 362-3771 www.rdrrodeo.com TICKET OUTLETS:

Rock Springs & Green River Chambers Adults - $16, Children - $8 (ages5-12)

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